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USM wins the Retirement-Oriented Development Design Competition 2019 (RODDC2019)

SERDANG, 27 October 2020 – Hyden Park Group, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) won the Retirement-Oriented Development Design Competition 2019 (RODDC2019). The group was presented with a cash prize of RM10,000.00 along with a certificate of participation during the RODDC2019 Prize Giving Ceremony which took place through a video conference.

Second place was won by Mount Link from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), who brought home RM8,000.00 and a certificate of participation while Kaseh Sanctuary from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) clinched third place and bagged home RM6,000.00 and a certificate of participation.

The competition offered a total cash prize of RM45,000.00 contributed by Kumpulan Wang Persaraan Diperbadankan (KWAP) and is jointly organised by KWEST Sdn. Bhd. (KWEST), a wholly-owned subsidiary of KWAP, and the Malaysian Institute for Aging Research (MyAgeingTM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The entries were evaluated by professional judges consisting of a group of architects, gerontologists, landscape architects and real estate developers.

RODDC2019 is a 23-acre area development design competition at UPM, Serdang and was open to all students in various fields from both public and private higher learning institutions in Malaysia. The competition which started in November 2019 aimed to encourage future generations to plan inclusive and holistic development sites that can meet the needs of various target groups and senior-oriented groups. The theme of this competition was Tropical, Sustainable and Enabling Senior Living.

Participants of the competition were required to create flexible designs that were able to meet the needs of residents at different stages of life in their life cycle. They were encouraged to produce creative and innovative ideas while maintaining the practical elements that have the potential to be realised in improving the quality of life of all groups, especially the elderly in the future.

In conjunction with Hari Warga Emas Kebangsaan 2020 which is celebrated on 1st October every year, the RODDC2019 competition committee also organised a forum titled "Age Friendly City: The Future of Community Living" which was also held in a video conference before the RODDC2019 prize giving ceremony. 

The moderator for the forum was Sufian Abdullah, KWEST Chief Executive Officer, while panel members comprised of Dato’ Dr. Tengku Aizan Hamid, Research Fellow, MyAgeingTM, UPM; TPr. Khairiah Talha, Member of the Advisory Council of the Malaysian Planning Organisation; Ar. Mustapha Kamal Zulkarnain, Managing Director, Architect Mustapha Kamal and Dr. Azmizam Abdul Rashid, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Urbanice Malaysia.

The forum discussed Malaysia's readiness to achieve the status of "ageing country" by 2030 where it is expected that 15% of the country's population will consist of senior citizens aged 60 and above.

The forum also explored the role that policy makers should consider with regards to the needs of senior citizens in urban or community planning to ensure that senior citizens have access to a conducive and affordable residential environment for a more holistic life. -UPM

Date of Input: 02/11/2020 | Updated: 06/11/2020 | lizamdnor


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